SS Dundalk -14th October 1918 By Charley McCarthy

The Ship SS Dundalk was built in Glasgow in 1899 at a cost of £40,000 as a flagship for the Dundalk and Newry Steam Packet Company. Her main trade was in carrying cattle and produce from Dundalk to Liverpool and other goods on the return journey with passengers. Her Captain, Hugh O’Neill from Killowen, Co […]

SS St Barchan – The Last Ship Torpedoed in WWI By Richard McCormick

Early on 21st October 1918 a small 362 ton Home Trade coaster the SS Saint Barchan of Glasgow (Official No. 13785), built on the Clyde by Scott & Sons in 1917 for J & A Gardener & Co. Ltd. and commanded by Scottish Captain Donald McDougall with his crew of seven, cast off from Ayr […]

Women And Children On The RMS Leinster Restored To History

Renowned, maritime historian Philip Lecane, author of Torpedoed! The RMS Leinster Disaster has just written a new book to be published by Elm Books in October to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of RMS Leinster by German submarine UB-123. His exhaustive research over a quarter of a century has uncovered previously unknown accounts and […]

The sinking of Arandora Star

‘Drowned like rats’ The torpedoing of Arandora Star off the Donegal Coast, 2 July 1940 Michael Kennedy (difp at This paper is a revised version of ‘Men that came in with the sea’ which appeared in History Ireland in 2008.   A PDF version of this article is available: click here   The torpedoing […]

Ireland's WWII Sea Losses

NEUTRAL IRELAND’S SEA LOSSES HEAVY IN SECOND WORLD WAR 16 Ships Lost in Unprovoked Actions In the years following 1922, Ireland, unlike the majority of more recent independent nations, made no attempt to encourage the development of her own mercantile marine. Each year the fleet declined: from 127 in 1923, until in September 1939 we […]

RMS Leinster, over 500 died

Leinster Postcard

An exhibit illustrating this event will, on occasion, be displayed in the Museum The date is 10th October 1918. The place is Kingstown (now DunLaoghaire), Britain (of which Ireland is an integral part) is at war with Germany. A war that came to a close within a number of weeks. At the Carlisle pier one […]

Remember: Naomh Garbhan with 3

Fishing Boat – NAOMH GARBHAN sorry, no illustration MII – Fishing Boat – NAOMH GARBHAN Mined and sunk of Waterford coast, 2nd May 1945 Cuddihy, Nicholas , Helvick, Waterford Griffin, John, (Senior)Helvick, Waterford Griffin, John, (Junior)Helvick, Waterford

Remember: Cymric and 11 crew


SCHOONER CYMRIC Bergin, Philip, Wexford Brennan, James, Wexford Cassedy, Christopher, Athboy, Co. Meath Crosbie, James, Wexford Furlong, Kevin, Wexford Kieran, Bernard, Dundalk McConnell, Cecil,Dublin O’Rourke, William, Wexford Ryan, Michael, Dungarvan Seaver, Peter, Skerries, Co. Dublin Tierney, Michael, Wexford [banner-rotator-fx][/banner-rotator-fx]

Remember: St Fintan with 9 crew

S.S. St. FINTAN MII – S.S. St. FINTAN Friitzen Carl, Dublin Hendy, Neil, Isle of Arran, Scotland Howat, James, Paisley, Scotland Jones, Joseph, Dublin Leonard, Matthew, Rush, Co.Dublin O’Beirne, Diarmuid, Dublin O’Brien, William, Dublin O’Donnell, M., Ringsend, Dublink Plunkett, B., Dublin [banner-rotator-fx][/banner-rotator-fx]

Remember: Kerry Head, 12 crew

S.S. KERRY HEAD Begley, Thomas, Limerick Naughton, George, Limerick Byrne, Dick, Wicklow Naughton, James, Limerick Davidson, William, Carrickfergus Nicholl, George, Carrickfergus Drummond, Charles, Blackpool O’Neill, Patrick, Limerick McMahon, Michael, Scattery Island, Co. Clare Tobin, John, Limerick McMahon, Stephen, Scattery Island, Co. Clare Wilson, James, Carrickfergus [banner-rotator-fx][/banner-rotator-fx]